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microtome

 [mi´kro-tōm]
an instrument for making thin sections for microscopic study.
freezing microtome one for cutting frozen tissues.
rotary microtome one in which wheel action is translated into a back-and-forth movement of the specimen being sectioned.
sliding microtome one in which the specimen being sectioned is made to slide on a track.
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mi·cro·tome

(mī'krō-tōm),
An instrument for making sections of biologic tissue for examination under the microscope.
See also: ultramicrotome.
Synonym(s): histotome
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

microtome

A mechanical device used to section tissues embedded in a support matrix, such as paraffin for light microscopic, and resin for electron microscopic examination.
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mi·cro·tome

(mī'krō-tōm)
An instrument for making sections of biologic tissue for examination under the microscope.
Synonym(s): histotome.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

microtome

An instrument for cutting very thin slices from a block of tissue set in wax, or frozen, for microscopic examination after mounting on a slide and staining.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

microtome

an instrument used for cutting very thin sections for microscopic examination.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005